Queensferry Crossing to cost less

Forth Replacement Crossing'New Artist Impression Images of the new bridge over the Firth of Forth''SUPPLIED 21/12/2011
Forth Replacement Crossing'New Artist Impression Images of the new bridge over the Firth of Forth''SUPPLIED 21/12/2011
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The cost of building the new
Queensferry Crossing could be up to £200 million

lower than expected.

Latest estimates for the Forth Replacement Crossing reveal it could cost £1.4 billion, down from the previous costings of £1.6 billion.

Scottish finance secretary John Swinney said the lower cost was a result of ‘‘successful management’’ of the project and the delivery of key milestones.

This latest figure is well short of the expected costs back in 2007 when the new bridge was first mooted.

Then the figures for a new bridge stood between £3.2 to £4.2 billion.

Mr Swinney said: “While there is no room for complacency, these latest figures also show that Scotland’s biggest infrastructure project in a generation is being well managed. I commend all those involved for their hard work in this success so far, as construction continues on time and under budget.’’

*More than 870 people are working on the project.